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Anger: TheCommon Cause of Personality Disorders

Angeris a human emotion like any other. It is thought that the emotion isone of the earliest utilities of survival, developed as early as the earlyevolution.However many of its up sides seem to have been lost in the modernworld, thus allowing the emotion to score only negative points onthe list.

Nowadaysit is considered counterproductive and dangerous.

Suchclaims are much thanks to the fact that people with personalitydisorders are the ones most likely to fly into an uncontrollable, evenfrightening rage. It is further explained that such individuals appearto the outside world as if they are in a constant state of anger.

Truth be told, anger manifests itself as a backup defense mechanism –that is to say, whenall others fail.

Now,it is important to be clear on one thing. There are two types ofanger:

healthy anger, which most people experience as a transitional state, and

pathological anger, anger which is caused by, for example, mistreatment during one's formative years.

Thething with the latter is, that it is most frequently a result ofbottled up emotions of, for example, constant injustice one hasexperienced as a child. With that said, it is clear which factors set it apart from "healthy anger":

it is neither coherent, nor

externally induced.

Thatis to say, all of its sources come from withing the person's very ownderanged psyche. As such there are two things targeted by the anger:a chosen outside target as well as oneself; which is another thingwhich sets it apart from healthy anger, since a healthy person who isangry normally knows the exact reason why. So then it is obvious thatpathological anger also lacks a firm sense of direction.

Someof the causes of anger may be:

a situation which threatens one's physical well-being

a sense of injustice

disagreements or


Coincidentallythe above mentioned are also the main causes of personalitydisorders. Bluntly put, a person with a personality disorder is aperson with lots and lots of suppressed anger. This kind of behaviorleads to an overflow of anger, at the point of snapping, undirected andexcessive destructive feelings.

To conclude, it is also noteworthy to say that anger is a primitive,limbic emotion. What that means is that it is one which is similar tothe sex drive of a person, except it surfaces when one's well-being isat stake.

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